Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Mayo Co Council has commissioned consultancy firm Ernst and Young to develop an ambitious economic strategy for the county.

The plan, entitled ‘Mayo 2040’, aims to define a far-reaching and innovative economic vision that will enable the county to reach its potential.

John Magee, Director of Services with Mayo Co Council, and David McNamara, of Ernst and Young, outlined the aims and ambitions of the strategy to a meeting of the council’s Economic Development and Community Engagement Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).

The plan will seek to change the narrative of the county and accentuate the positive aspects of living and working in Mayo. One of the benchmarks of the vision is the recently-revealed economic strategy for Limerick, which has sought to alter perceptions of the Munster city.

Stakeholder meetings have already taken place with trends such as remote working, climate change, connectivity, and urbanisation identified. These discussions also threw up the notion of Mayo being developed as a ‘Green County,’ with a focus on the quality of life Mayo can afford. Challenges in delivering change in Mayo included infrastructure and national policy.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Al McDonnell said he believed the Mayo narrative is “naturally changing”.

“People have an inherent pride in their county,” he stated.

Chair of the SPC, Independent Cllr Mark Duffy, highlighted the potential use of social media to spread the word about what Mayo has to offer and encourage young people to engage with the process and their county.

He said GMIT’s Castlebar campus is vital to the vibrant development of the county, adding that in recent years the college has been “starved of oxygen” and requires more full-time courses in order to flourish and grow.

Hugh Rouse, representing Ballina Chamber of Commerce, urged that the North Mayo town not be left behind.

“There seems to be a huge divide in the county,” he remarked.

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